I’ve read about augmented reality a number of times, most recently in Charles Stross’ extremely fun novel, Halting State, and think it has huge potential (more than 3D TV, touch computing or other next gen techs) for how we work, live and play. The idea is – you wear some ‘goggles’ that introduce a digital layer on reality, onto which anything can be virtually imposed. Imagine (as Mr Stross did) activating the Google Maps overlay, so you can find your way as you walk around, or turning on the World of Warcraft mod and seeing everyone around you wearing their Avatars. So much fun, and potentially massively useful.
I’ve just come across this video of augmented reality magic, which is not only really cool, but also represents narrative magic at its best. Going to be checking out this guy again in the future:
Via: Engadget. 5 out of 5 for awesome.